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Guidance for candidates and agents

For information on the last full local elections please see Cornwall Council and Parish and Town Council Elections 2017.

Information packs for candidates

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When an election is due to begin, candidate information packs (containing the required forms and guidance on the election process) will be available from our Electoral Services office in St Austell.

The information packs are usually available shortly before the Notice of Election is published, marking the official start of the election timetable.

If you wish to be a candidate at an election, please contact us as soon as possible using the contact details on this page to request an information pack.

You will need to return completed nomination papers to us by hand by the legal deadline stated in the Notice of Election.

Further information can be found using the following links:

Candidates should note an important change in the law since the full council elections in 2013.

Withdrawal of nominations now closes at the same time as receipt of nominations. 

If you are validly nominated in more than one division or ward within the same council, you must withdraw from all areas but one before the deadline for withdrawal of nominations.

If you do not withdraw from all but one, you will be deemed to have withdrawn from all of the areas and will no longer be a candidate.

If you are not sure which area you wish to stand in, please view our interactive map of electoral boundaries (click on "follow this link for our interactive mapping, then select Layers, then Government boundaries and then constituency, electoral division or parish/town) to display the relevant boundaries on the map.

Please also refer to the Electoral Commission's Code of conduct for campaigners: electoral registration, postal voting, proxy voting and polling stations.

The code provides a guide for campaigners, electoral administrators and police forces to what is, and is not, considered acceptable behaviour at polling stations and in the community during the lead-up to polling day.